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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date May 1, 2016
Pages 415
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780198739838
ISBN-10 0198739834
Dimensions 1 by 4 by 6 in.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $15.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: A New York Times bestseller

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.

The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on humans than on the species itself, so would the fate of humankind depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence.

But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed Artificial Intelligence, to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation?

This profoundly ambitious and original book breaks down a vast track of difficult intellectual terrain. After an utterly engrossing journey that takes us to the frontiers of thinking about the human condition and the future of intelligent life, we find in Nick Bostrom's work nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time.


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from Oxford Univ Pr (September 3, 2014)
9780199678112 | details & prices | 328 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.48 lbs | List price $29.95
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from Oxford Univ Pr (May 1, 2016)
9780198739838 | details & prices | 415 pages | 4.00 × 6.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.98 lbs | List price $15.95
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